Friday, February 22, 2013

Bike Shelter Build Party Tomorrow @ 9

Bike Shelter Build Party
All the materials are ready and the space has been prepped.  We just need your help!  Join our Award Winning PTA and members from our generous local business community tomorrow morning @ 9 AM and help us build our new bike shelter! Thank you to Ace Hardware and Signal Pizza for all of your support!

February's Students of the Month

Congratulations Auston, Destiny, Evelynn and Lindsay
Our February Students of the Month!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

What A Great Reading Voice!

We have been working on becoming fluent readers here in 3rd Grade.  We know that kids develop fluency when they can hear how they sound as a reader.  Ms. Rolfe had the great idea to have us read into our iPads and record the sound of our voice.  When our reading recordings are smooth, we can stop.
Donovan was able to cut is reading time in half!
Is he ready to do voice-overs for TV?  Not yet.  
But he's getting there!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Welcome Jaquante!

We are all very happy that our friend Jaquante was able to join our class today.  The boys are especially excited because they are very close to out numbering the girls.  
Welcome Jaquante, we're glad you're here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Kid's (work) In the Hall

 In room 12 we have been building our literacy by studying the struggles and accomplishments of the people of Gee’s Bend, Alabama.  

We learned how this poor, mostly African American community fought to 
protect their right to vote.  We learned how it was mules from Gee’s Bend that pulled Martin Luther King, Jr.’s casket at his funeral.  We also learned that Gee’s Bend has an amazing quilting culture – and that these household blankets made from scraps have become recognized as pieces of fine art.  We have made our own quilts to honor the beautiful culture of Gee’s Bend.  We hope that you enjoy them!
Mr. Crockett

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gee's Bend Quilts

We have been reading Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend

We learned in the story that many of the people from Gee's Bend make amazing quilts.

Today we decided to start making our own quilts.

The class created individual quilt blocks, which we will combine to make a large group quilt.  

The quilting history of the African American women of Gee's Bend, Alabama dates back to the slave era.  We used samples of their beautiful quilts for inspiration.

Tomorrow we'll put them together!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Celebrity Guest Read Alouder: Tom Stubblefield from Stubblefield Paint

Today we were very happy that Tom Stubblefield stopped by for Read Aloud.  Mr. Stubblefield runs Stubblefield Paint and is an active member of our St. Johns Community. 

Mr. Stubblefield grew up in St. Johns and went to school right here at James John.
Thank you Mr. Stubblefield for coming in today!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Books To . . . (you know who)

  This morning Joaquin from Books 2 U circulated into our room.  We are so lucky that our local county library has this wonderful program that brings library books directly into the classroom!  There are only two programs like this in the country! 
Joaquin brought just the right books in for us today!